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'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Aug. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade_our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for...

Reese Witherspoon, Keith Urban on board for cancer telethon

Aug. 16, 2018 7:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon. Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey and organization co-founder Katie Couric also will take part in the Sept. 7 fundraiser. Stand Up To Cancer...

Fans walk silently, solemnly past Elvis' grave during vigil

Aug. 15, 2018 10:52 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans of Elvis Presley are holding flickering candles and walking quietly past the grave of the rock n' roll pioneer on the 41st anniversary of his death. Devotees of Presley flock to Memphis, Tennessee, every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week. The candlelight vigil...

Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on 'Time Flies'

Aug. 14, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

Jim Lauderdale, "Time Flies" (Yep Roc) Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace....

Indiana police say bomb threat halted Rascal Flatts concert

Aug. 14, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a bomb threat is what prompted country group Rascal Flatts to abruptly end a concert in Indiana last week. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department says the bomb threat made Thursday night for Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in suburban Indianapolis was deemed a...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 19-25

Aug. 13, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

Aug. 19: Actor L.Q. Jones ("The Virginian") is 91. Actress Debra Paget ("Love Me Tender") is 85. Actress Diana Muldaur ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 80. Drummer Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 79. Singer Johnny Nash is 78. Actress Jill St. John is 78. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 75. Country...

Rascal Flatts abruptly ends show over 'security issue'

Aug. 10, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Country group Rascal Flatts abruptly ended an Indiana concert because of what police call a "security issue" that is being investigated. Concertgoers say the band didn't return for an expected encore Thursday night at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in suburban Indianapolis, after...

Lisa Marie Presley to take part in Elvis Week celebration

Aug. 10, 2018 6:26 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An exhibit centered on the career of Lisa Marie Presley, and a launch party marking the release of an album of gospel songs by her late father Elvis Presley, are among the highlights of this year's Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis...

Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to '80s country

Aug. 9, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer. He's recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with horror writer...

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher expecting their second child

Aug. 8, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Underwood says her family is adding "another fish to our pond." The 35-year-old singer announced Wednesday on Instagram that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child. She says they are "absolutely over the moon." Underwood and Fisher, a former NHL player...